Two more wins and Collin Klein and Kansas State can book a trip to Miami.
But the No. 2 Wildcats must first get past the Baylor Bears Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium for their first berth in the BCS national title game.
A win assures Kansas State at least a share of the Big-12 title, even if they lose to Texas next week.
The Bears have won the last two home meetings, but this time the Wildcats now sport their own Heisman Trophy candidate in Klein. The senior has 12 touchdown passes to just three interceptions, and 749 rushing yards for 19 touchdowns for the country’s eighth-ranked offense.
Kansas State did all their scoring in the first three quarters and easily took care of TCU last week 23-10. Klein rushed for two touchdowns, and the 14th ranked Wildcat defense didn’t allow any points until the fourth quarter.
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It’s been a difficult post-Robert Griffin III year for Baylor, who have lost five of their last six games despite their high-scoring offense.
Last week the Bears nearly toppled their first Top-25 opponent of the season, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit and fell to Oklahoma 42-34.
Oklahoma neutralized Baylor’s second-ranked passing game, but the Bears still gained 252 rushing yards. Down 28-17 at halftime, running back Lache Seastrunk rushed for the second of his three touchdowns to bring the Bears within two, but that was as close they would get.
Seastrunk gained 91 yards and scored three times on 15 carries, making up for senior quarterback Nick Florence’s worst game of the season. It was the first time all season Florence failed to throw for a touchdown, but he did rush for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Prediction: Baylor can put up points in a hurry, but their defense hasn’t played at the same level. Klein and the Wildcats will have another big day and march on, but it will be a close win.
Betting Odds: Kansas State is favored by 13 points
Over/Under: 74 points
Predicted Score: Kansas State 42, Baylor 35